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Fire Safety Reminders as Daylight Saving Time Begins

Post Date:03/06/2020 4:11 PM

This Sunday, March 8, Iowans will turn their clocks forward one hour for Daylight Saving Time. People may lose one hour of sleep, but they will gain daylight for activities. As you “spring forward,” the Marion Fire Department reminds you to add these practices to your daylight saving time changeover.

The three life-saving steps you and your family can take include:

  1. Check smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms: Check your alarms monthly. If you do not have smoke and CO alarms, now is the time to buy them for your home and install them. A smoke alarm should be on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas. CO alarms should also be placed on every level of your home, and outside sleeping areas.
  2. Change the batteries: Batteries should be replaced in alarms, unless the alarms have sealed 10-year batteries. Replace your smoke alarms if they are more than 10 years old.
  3. Practice a fire escape plan: Make sure there are two ways out from each room and a clear path to outside from each exit. Once out, stay out.

Working smoke alarms give you early warning so you can get outside quickly. Additionally, a closed door may slow the spread of smoke, heat, and fire. Roughly 3 out of 5 fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

Use your extra hour of daylight to implement these important safety practices. 

Learn more about smoke alarms at home.

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